International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

ISTSS International and Student Travel Grant Programs

Each year, trauma specialists engaged in important and cutting edge research and clinical work in developing countries are unable to attend the ISTSS Annual Meeting. Their salaries are typically such that the expense of transportation, hotel and registration fees may exceed their ability to pay (and in some cases be more than their annual salary). In such circumstances, it is impossible for them to participate in the Meeting.

A limited number of International travel grants are available from ISTSS each year to support the Meeting attendees coming from developing countries and experiencing financial hardship with fees or travel costs. The travel grants are supported by voluntary contributions from ISTSS members. Your financial support to the ISTSS International Travel Grant Fund will enable ISTSS to support more members to attend and present their work at the Meeting.

Priority is given to those from developing countries who have not received an ISTSS Travel Grant in the past and who will be making a presentation at the ISTSS Meeting. (Individuals who have received an ISTSS Travel Grant Award in the past are not eligible for another ISTSS Travel Grant Award for 3 years). ISTSS Travel Grant Award recipients are chosen for being in a position to contribute to and influence traumatic stress study and treatment in their own countries. They come to share their knowledge, learn from their colleagues and network with mentors and peers.  ISTSS encourages applications from individuals who will be able to use the information they learn at the conference to make a public mental health impact in their local communities. This impact may, for example, be in the area of psychosocial interventions in developing countries and/or may include a train the trainer model.

Student members of ISTSS may also apply for a travel grant to attend and present at the ISTSS Annual meeting. The cost of attending the meeting, transportation, housing and registration, often are far beyond the financial capabilities of students. The ISTSS Student Travel Grants will allow a few deserving students to attend the ISTSS Annual meeting.

Make a difference today to furthering the mission of ISTSS to truly make our organization international and promote the advancement and exchange of knowledge about severe stress and trauma around the world. Make a donation to the ISTSS Travel Grant Funds.

Applying for an ISTSS Travel Grant

An ISTSS member must submit the application. Members may apply on behalf of individuals who are not members of the society. Grants will be awarded based on applications received by the submission deadline, June 14, 2018. Individuals selected to receive a travel grant will be notified in writing.

The application form should include a statement of need that explains the impact or importance of attending this meeting, a current curriculum vitae, estimate of expenses (in U.S. dollars) to travel to the ISTSS Annual Meeting.

ISTSS International Travel Grant Application

ISTSS Student Travel Grant Application

How to Make a Donation to the ISTSS Travel Grant Fund

If you would like to make a donation to the ISTSS Travel Grant Fund, please do one of the following:

  • Contribute through our secure online donation form.
  • Send a check in U.S. funds to the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), P.O. Box 88614, Chicago, IL 60680-1618 USA
  • Fax your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express card number, expiration date and contact information to 847-686-2253. Indicate clearly that this money is to be used solely for the ISTSS Travel Grant Fund.

Your contribution is much appreciated and may be tax deductible (please consult your tax advisor).

ISTSS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, tax number 31-1129675. In keeping with IRS guidelines, ISTSS verifies that no goods or services have been provided in return for your donation.

"I never imagined someone from a country like mine would be able to attend a conference located on the other side of the world. The ISTSS travel grant has impacted me and my career more than I could have imagined."
-Cornelius Widyatmoko, Indonesia

"If I had not been funded by an ISTSS travel grant, I would not have been able to attend the meeting. I am so grateful to ISTSS and all the people who contributed to this program."
-Dr. Vanessa Rocha-Rego, Brazil